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The complexities of the Arab Spring and the struggle for political freedom throughout the Arab world should not obscure what has now become an absolutely essential understanding for all anti-imperialists: the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the most powerful weapons of the Western ruling class in the Muslim world. While that may be a difficult pill for some to swallow for emotional or psychological reasons, one need look no further than the insidious role the organization is playing in Syria and the abuses of power and human rights of the government of Egypt. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Sunday December 16, 2012 - 19:45 by fred 1 comment (last - monday december 17, 2012 - 04:42) 1 image
It has become clear that NGO's in Russia have ties with NED and the Orwellian titled "Freedom House". Russia has taken much flak for placing immense restrictions on foreign-funded lobby groups and NGOs, demanding that they exhibit the same level of transparency and honesty that they themselves demand of the government. Evidence has come to light that they were probably correct to do so. Clearly foreign funding and their links with NED and other organisations play a major part in how these people have operated in Russia. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday December 16, 2012 - 17:38 by Elric 1 image
Joshua Brollier writes on the latest shooting of a Palestinian farmer, Mohammed Qdeih, by the IDF. Joshua also documents the story of ninety five years old Ahmed Hassan Jabbar Qdeih. Ahmed tells how Zionist militias terrorized his farm in 1948. Ahmed was detained, along with his family, and taken to their house where they were forced to watch as his father was murdered in front on them. The militias destroyed their home, bombed the well and set ablaze 60 dunams of land. Additionally, they stole 60 sheep and two cows to take with them. Full text at link.
Yesterday in al-Faraheen, Gaza , Israeli Occupation Forces shot and wounded an unarmed 22 year oldfarmer, Mohammed Qdeih, from behind. Mohamed and nine others went out to their fields in the early afternoon, walking approximately 250 meters from the Israeli border. Within minutes, two heavily armed Israeli military jeeps rushed to the security fence. They issued a warning for the farmers and residents to leave the area and shortly thereafter the Palestinians, intimidated by the heavy military presence, began to head back tothe village of Abasan . The soldiers were not satisfied and opened fire, piercing Mohamed's right arm from the backside. Israeli forces continued to shoot rounds of live ammunition while Mohamed and the others frantically evacuated and waited for an ambulance. Another young Palestinian, 19, was shot yesterday near the border in Jabaliya. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Saturday December 15, 2012 - 01:58 by John Cornford 1 image
In this week's issue:
SWP CONFERENCE: CRAZY CONTORTIONS OF SWP CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Following criticisms of the SWP’s culture and practice in the first two Internal Bulletins, the leadership has mobilised to rubbish opponents.
Peter Manson reports
ISRAEL-GAZA: WHY DID ISRAEL DO IT?
The success or failure of the onslaught on Gaza can only be judged against the operation’s aims, writes Israeli socialist Moshé Machover. This is an edited version of a talk given to the December 8 CPGB aggregate
The latest edition of the Weekly Worker is now available online at: www.cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/942 ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Monday December 10, 2012 - 14:39 by Zionism-Nazism 2 comments (last - monday december 10, 2012 - 17:05) 1 image 1 attached file
Yesterday an image that is purportedly British street artist Banksy’s Christmas card this year started making the rounds on Twitter.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday December 04, 2012 - 22:35 by Elric 1 comment (last - tuesday december 04, 2012 - 23:15)
How women are treated in Iraqi prisons. Full text at link.
When women in Iraq are arrested, they routinely go through three gruesome phases, starting with humiliation, followed by torture, and often ending with rape. I have received disturbing information from two different, well informed sources: one from qualified social workers in Al-Kadimiyah Women Prison, the other from three national guards officers who worked in the prison. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday December 04, 2012 - 22:26 by Elric 4 comments (last - monday december 10, 2012 - 18:58)
Once again the Imperialists are using chemical weapons as a pretext to plan an attack on Syria. Patriot missiles are being moved to Turkeys border with Syria and these weapons require US personnel. Full text at link.
The Obama administration and the corporate media have cited unspecified “intelligence” about the movement of chemical weapons to issue new threats of direct intervention in Syria, where Washington and its allies have been backing so-called “rebels” in a bid to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both made public statements Monday alleging a danger of Syria using chemical weapons and threatening US retaliation. ... read full story / add a comment
A loyalist mob which had gathered outside Belfast City Hall this evening
erupted into violence following a vote to limit the days on which the
British Union Jack flag flies above the building. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday December 02, 2012 - 21:44 by fred 1 image
The AP was caught with their pants down publishing a dubious graph and hyping up the "Iranian nuclear threat" lie again. "AP helped perpetrate a dangerous hoax, and owes an explanation and accounting for what took place, including identifying the "officials from a country critical of Iran's atomic program" who made false claims about what this is." ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday November 23, 2012 - 22:24 by Zionism=Nazism 35 comments (last - thursday december 13, 2012 - 21:04) 7 images 1 video file
The targeting of tunnels by Israeli airstrikes has restricted the flow of food and fuel into Gaza. ( http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=1507)
Few shops remain open and the UN has warned of an impending water crisis. There are reports of bombing campaigns purposely targeting irrigation wells. The Ministry of Health in Gaza is out of 40 per cent of essential medicines and running low on basics like bandages and syringes. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ove....html)
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday November 10, 2012 - 22:04 by serf 1 comment (last - sunday november 25, 2012 - 20:26) 3 images
A horrifying amateur video from Syria emerged online, showing an apparent mass execution of Assad supporters in Aleppo at the hands of rebels from the Free Syria Army.
The footage shows several bloodied men stripped down to their underwear being forced to kneel by a wall amidst a throng of excited, machine gun-touting men.
Once their captors open fire, the camera jerks away as the crowd momentarily disperses, seemingly unprepared for the nearly 40 seconds of uninterrupted shooting that follows. As the gunfire dies down, shouts of “Allahu Akbar!” resound as the once skittish onlookers victoriously raise their guns in the air, approaching what appears to be a pile of stripped-down corpses. ... read full story / add a comment
Kourosh Ziabari interviews Muhammad Hussam, a 24-year-old university student living in Aleppo ,( he preferred not to disclose his full name because of the death threats he and his family received from the terrorists,) he explains how the Free Syrian Army mercilessly kills supporters of President Assad and even has set up a website in which it publishes the photos and personal information of its potential targets. ... read full story / add a comment
American Autumn is a well made and interesting documentary on the occupy movement in America. It is well worth viewing, whether you were pro occupy, anti occupy or just didn't really understand the movement. I'm linking to it here so all can view it free of charge while it remains available on Youtube. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday October 24, 2012 - 14:49 by Elric 8 comments (last - sunday october 28, 2012 - 16:09) 3 images 1 video file
The slaughter continues. Full story at the url.
Bani Walid, Libya, has been under siege for nearly three consecutive weeks. A man whose family is in the besieged city spoke with RT, and described the horrors allegedly taking place: Civilians are killed every day by toxic gas and heavy tank fire.Bani Walid, the last stronghold for supporters of deceased Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, has been under siege for 20 days, with no resolution to the conflict in sight.
RT has learned that militias are reportedly shelling the city indiscriminately, with footage from Bani Walid showing dead bodies, and women and children with missing limbs and disfigured faces. A man named Faraj, who is currently in Egypt but is in contact with relatives in Bani Walid, spoke with RT and claimed that the militias are committing genocide.
Militias have reportedly encircled Bani Walid, and are not allowing any supplies into the town including food, water, medicine or humanitarian aid. The town’s electricity and gas has also allegedly been cut off. ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / other press Wednesday October 03, 2012 - 17:15 by volunteer 13 3 comments (last - friday october 05, 2012 - 08:45) 2 images
October 3, 2012 By Dara Gantly
The first large-scale study to explore surgical outcomes across Europe has found that Irish patients have the highest risk of dying in Western Europe and the fourth-worst mortality rate among 28 European countries. Ireland is placed behind Poland, Latvia and Romania in the overall mortality table, published in a recent issue of the Lancet (2012;380:1059-65), but is worse off than Slovakia or Croatia. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday October 02, 2012 - 23:37 by pat c 4 comments (last - sunday october 07, 2012 - 22:01)
Russias Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has fired a warning shot across NATOs bows regarding provocations as a pretext for an open military attack on Syria. Full text at link.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on NATO and Middle East countries not to devise pretexts for military intervention in Syria. Russia has expressed concern that some provocation could occur at the Turkish-Syrian border that may give NATO the green light to intervene in Syria.
"In our contacts with our partners both in NATO and in the region, including on international forums, we have called on them not to look for pretexts in order to carry out a [military] operation," Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters on Tuesday in Moscow. In such a scenario, NATO would be obliged to intervene in the conflict to defend Turkey, a NATO member. ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / other press Thursday September 27, 2012 - 09:12 by youth worker 20 comments (last - monday october 28, 2013 - 16:44) 5 images 1 video file
From The Irish Times , September 24 2012
Twelve months ago I gave a presentation on the subject of youth drug and alcohol abuse to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children. I highlighted the huge pressures facing Ireland’s youth, including peer pressure, bullying, unemployment and emigration, all within a national atmosphere of despair over our collective future. I focused on the widespread culture of binge drinking in Ireland, which appears to be often ignored, accepted or normalised by many parents, publicans, politicians and law enforcers.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday September 26, 2012 - 13:26 by pat c 2 comments (last - wednesday september 26, 2012 - 23:58) 1 image
Where are the condemnations? Where is the outrage at the murder of a journalist? Silence from Washington. Full text at link.
Iran’s Press TV claimed its Damascus correspondent was killed Wednesday by a rebel sniper while reporting on bombings in the Syrian capital. Two car bombs struck the Syrian Army’s command headquarters, setting one of the buildings on fire. Maya Nasser, a 33 -year-old Syrian national, was killed while reporting from the scene, Press TV said. Hussein Murtada – Press TV’s Damascus bureau chief and head of the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV network – was also reportedly injured in the attack. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Saturday September 15, 2012 - 14:57 by Red Banner 1 comment (last - sunday september 16, 2012 - 12:47) 1 image
Issue 49 of Red Banner is out now, available for €2 / £1.50 from the address above or from bookshops ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Tuesday September 11, 2012 - 13:37 by Gerry Downing 1 image
Page 2: Editorial: “Basic national loyalty and patriotism” and the US proxy war.
Page 4: Rank and file conference ConwayHall 11th August, By Laurence Humphries.
Page 4: London bus drivers Olympics’ bonus: Well done the drivers! - London GRL,On Diversions and ‘Total Victory’ By a London bus driver.
Page 6: Questions from the IRPSG ... read full story / add a comment